while home this past weekend, i wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to go apple picking. my mom and i drove north about an hour to a quaint little apple orchard in cherry valley (side note: who wouldn't want to live in a town called cherry valley?). we grabbed a wagon and ventured out into the rows of apple trees to do our picking. we ended up with four bags of cortland's, which are a family favorite. 

apparently, my mom is kind of an expert at this. she knew exactly where to go on the trees to find the best apples. i decided to demote myself to "bag holder" while she worked hard on filling them. we also left with cinnamon sugar apple cider donuts. umm...yes. 

fall, please make your way over to north carolina in a timely manner. i'm ready for you!